Monthly Archives: April 2018

This week in our class!

This week in our class we have been reading a book called Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce. In Maths we have been learning to order fractions and find a common denominator. During P.E we have started learning the rules of rounders and in English we are doing a boxed up plan for a newspaper report on a scene in Cosmic. Due to our topic on Earth and Space, we all made 3D rockets from card which was very fun! Everyone has had a big push on our presentation and have all done really well .

Our attendance this week is 97%

From DT and DT

Summer 1 Week 3 Maths Support

Next week, the children will focus on solving problems involving converting between units of time.

Time problems

Follow these tips when solving time problems:

  • If some of the times in the problem are in seconds, some in minutes and some in hours, change some of them so they are either all in seconds, all in minutes or all in hours.
  • When reading timetables, make sure you know what type of information is in each column and row.

Example 1

How long does it take for the 11.55 train from Normington to get to Kirkfield?

Timetable example

(The empty space in the table means the 10:39 train from Normington doesn’t stop at Baskwell.)

Look along the Normington row until you reach the column that starts with the 11.55.

Look down that column until you get to Kirkfield and read off the time, 12.44.

Now you need to find the difference between 11.55 and 12.44. A good way to do this is to break up the time into smaller units within each hour.

Time problem calculation

5 + 44 = 49 minutes.

So the 11.55 train from Normington takes 49 minutes to get to Kirkfield.

Example 2

Sammy wakes up at 7.00am. He eats his breakfast at 7.30am and sets off for school at 8.30am. School starts at 9.00am.

First break is at 10.30am and by 12.00pm in the afternoon he is ready for lunch. School finishes at 3.30pm when Sammy is picked up by his Dad. He eats tea at 5.00pm and then leaves for football practice, which starts at 6.00pm.

When he gets home at 7.30pm, he has a bath and a snack, making his way up to bed at 8.30pm so he is bright and fresh for school in the morning.

Miss Niland

Summer 1 Week 2 Maths Support

Next week, the children will be covering fractions. They will be comparing and ordering fractions whose denominators are all multiples of the same number.

Adding and subtracting fractions

If you were to add \frac{1}{2} and \frac{1}{3}, it is hard to picture what the answer would be. Rewriting the fractions with a common bottom number, or denominator (in this case, {6}), makes it easier.

Remember, you can only add and subtract fractions when the bottom numbers, or denominators, are the same.

So, to add or subtract fractions:

  1. Change the fractions so they have the same denominator.
  2. Add or subtract the top numbers, or numerators.


\frac{1}{2} + \frac{1}{3} = \frac{3}{6} + \frac{2}{6} = \frac{5}{6}

\frac{7}{10} - \frac{2}{5} = \frac{7}{10} - \frac{4}{10} = \frac{3}{10}

Miss Niland

WOW day!

Yesterday, as part of our new topic on space, the children designed and created their own space shuttles and also in groups they created a space dance. We looked at different space shuttles to gather ideas then the children made their designs personal to them. The space shuttles, which they created, are amazing and are up on display in the classroom. In their dance moves, they created dance movements to a variety of space themes, including: take off, zero gravity and walking on the moon. The children used lots of intonation and expression in their dance routine, bringing it to life. Well done Year 5!

Here are some photos of the children creating their rockets!

Miss Niland